Dianne Harnad, Director of Prevention Services, (860) 418-6828
The overall purpose of the CT SPF Initiative is to develop a comprehensive Prevention Strategy for delivering and implementing effective substance abuse prevention and/or mental health promotion services. The Initiative will serve as a blueprint for State and community partners to apply the federal Center for Substance Abuse Preventionís (CSAP) Strategic Prevention Framework towards creating healthy communities for everyone. The CT SPF Initiative will align its work around CSAPís framework, providing tools that will guide State and local partners in conducting needs assessments, capacity development, strategic planning, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation.
How this Initiative will help CT:
The CT SPF Initiative will be used as a guide to facilitate and implement CTís two prevention policy plans. CSAPís Strategic Prevention Framework is consistent with many of the core recommendations outlined in each of these plans. For example, the State Prevention Council seeks to provide a comprehensive, data-driven approach to prevention service delivery, and is charged with: 1) identifying, within each Council agency budget, any prevention service appropriations; and 2) developing a comprehensive Statewide Prevention Plan to establish a framework that: a) better coordinates existing and future prevention expenditures across state agencies, b) recommends improvements and coordination of interagency services and training, c) identifies evidence-based programs that work, d) classifies agenciesí prevention programs using outcome performance measures, including findings, and e) increases fiscal accountability.
The CT SPF Initiative, through a series of state/local needs assessment activities, will identify the substance abuse prevention needs across CTís populations and communities. This information will support development of a multifaceted CT Strategic Plan to answer policy-relevant questions leading to the efficient and effective allocation of resources in the delivery of substance abuse prevention services.
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